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Displaying a Living Faith

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Speaker: JD Summers | Date: April 5, 2020 | Text: James 2:14-26

Sermon Summary

Genuine faith is expressed through our obedience to God's Word and results in good fruits. James tells us that faith without works is dead and challenges us to examine ourselves and see if we are in the faith. 

Discuss Together

  • Why is it so important to rightly understand the relationship between faith and works?
  • How does James use the word "justify" differently than Paul in Romans 3:20, 28?
  • What evidence do you see in the text that James agrees with Paul on salvation by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone? (see also Romans 2:13).
  • How should this understanding of saving faith affect our prayers, our conversations with believers, and our conversations with unbelievers?

Pray Together

  • Praise God that he is a gracious Savior, inviting us to believe and receive salvation
  • Thank God for the clear warnings in scripture that protect us from self deception
  • Ask God to help us to live out our faith by obeying his will
  • Pray for those around us who may be deceived, that they would experience conviction and become aware of their need for genuine saving faith.
  • Pray for wisdom in sharing the gospel, that we would clearly articulate how the lost must respond to the good news.

Showing No Partiality

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Speaker: JD Summers | Date: March 29, 2020 | Text: James 2:1-13

Sermon Summary

Because of the mercy displayed through the gospel and in the life of Jesus Christ, the gathering of the church must be characterized by a pure unity with no partiality.

DISCUSS TOGETHER

  • In what ways are you tempted to give preferential treatment to others?
  • How does partiality reveal a worldly perspective and contradict the gospel?
  • Why is it important to call partiality a sin?
  • How does the bible's definition of partiality as a violation of the second great commandment offer more clarity than the shifting definitions the world gives to racism, bias, or discrimination?
  • How does the gospel of grace fit with James' exhortation and warning in vs 12-13?

PRAY TOGETHER

  • Praise God for the active obedience of Christ in fulfilling the law on our behalf
  • Thank God for showing grace to us though we had nothing to offer him
  • Confess any known sins of partiality, and thank Christ for the forgiveness he promises
  • Pray for a heart that is sensitive to this sinful tendency, for a hatred of this sin, and for an increasing capacity to love others as Christ has loved us.

Responding in Obedience

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Speaker: JD Summers | Date: March 22, 2020 | Text: James 1:22-27

Sermon Summary

An active response to God's word in obedience is a delight to the Lord and results in blessing for his children.

Discuss Together

  • "Obedience does not secure our salvation, it confirms our salvation." Why must we start and end with the gospel when discussing the importance of good works?
  • Being "deceived" can refer to how we view our own wisdom, maturity, growth, or potentially even our own salvation. Are there ways in which you have not seen yourself in the light of scripture? What steps need to be taken?
  • How can you practically show compassion and serve those in need right now?
  • What are some ways you can practically seek to "keep yourself unstained from the world" right now?

Pray together

  • Thank God that salvation is a gift of grace received through faith.
  • Thank Jesus for his active obedience in fulfilling the law, and for the amazing privilege of sharing in his righteousness.
  • Thank God for the gift of his word, and for the light it shines on our own hearts.
  • Confess any sins that have been tolerated or excused.
  • Ask for help to receive the word fully, not just in hearing, but by doing.
  • Ask for grace to do the will of God in serving others and pursuing personal holiness. 

  

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